Oct. 18, 2007
The top-ranked UCLA women's golf team travels to Palo Alto this week to participate in the Stanford Intercollegiate, Oct. 19-21 at the Stanford Golf Course.
Eleven of the 18 teams in the field are ranked among the nation's Top 30, according to this the latest GolfWeek poll. In addition to the No.1 ranked Bruins, second-ranked Duke, No.4 Arizona State, eighth-ranked Arizona and No.10 Georgia are representing the Top 10.
The Bruins, ranked No.1 in two of the three major collegiate golf polls, have won half of their first two events. More impressively, they are 19-under par after their first six rounds of the season with three players boasting cumulative scores below par.
"I really feel that we're ready to play," said Head Coach Carrie Forsyth. "The players feel good about their games and we're looking forward to a strong performance."
As a team, the Bruins are averaging 286.8 per round and have recorded 13 rounds under par.
The UCLA lineup features four players ranked among the nation's top 50 individuals, including three ranked in the top 15.
Two-time All-American Tiffany Joh was ranked No.2 by both GolfWeek and GolfStat through Oct. 15. Joh leads the team in scoring average at 70.5 and boasts a pair of Top 5 results. Through six rounds this year, she was 12-under par.
Freshman Maria Jose Uribe, the defending U.S. Women's Amateur Champion, was ranked ninth by GolfStat at the start of this week. She ranks behind Joh with a 71.6 scoring average and also claims a pair of Top 10 results.
Freshman Glory Yang was rated the 12th best college golfer this week by GolfStat after recording a pair of Top 20 finishes. At the Mason Rudolph Classic, she placed seventh, and at the Fall Preview she finished 19th. Through two tournaments, she was three-under par.
Sophomore Sydnee Michaels began the week ranked 43rd by GolfStat and was averaging 73.5. She tied for 15th at the season-opening event after a first round, one-under par 71.
Junior Ryann O'Toole rounds out the UCLA five-some with a scoring average of 76.3. Last season at this event, O'Toole fired a first round 69 (-2) and tied for 17th place.
Designed by George C. Thomas and William Bell Sr., the Stanford Golf Course plays to a par of 71 over 6,154 yards. Last season, the Bruins tied for eighth place at 884 (+32). In 12 previous appearances, the Bruins have not won this event. Vanderbilt is the defending champion.